College of Pharmacy

Xavier University of Louisiana

Sara Al-Dahir, B.S., Pharm.D.
Clinical Associate Professor

Telephone Number: 504-520-5766
Room Number: College of Pharmacy - Room 233
Fax Number: 504-520-7971
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Dr. Sara Al-Dahir is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Clinical & Administrative Sciences and Clinical Assistant Professor at LSU School of Medicine Department of Surgery. Dr. Al-Dahir maintains critical care/trauma medicine site at University Medical Center of New Orleans in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit where she conducts her Clinical Clerkship Course for the third and fourth-year pharmacy students. Her practice focuses on a team based approach in critical care and trauma medicine and nutrition support. She is a Licensed Pharmacist registered in the state of Louisiana.

Dr. Al-Dahir earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Tulane University in Cell and Molecular Biology and History. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Xavier University of Louisiana. She has received her Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy Specialties (BCPS with additional qualifications in Infectious Disease Pharmacy. She completed a one-year Fulbright Scholar appointment at Qatar University College of Pharmacy and continues to coordinate a bilateral exchange between Xavier and Qatar College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Al-Dahir currently teaches Patient Assessment, Applied Pharamcokinetics and Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition in the Nutrition course for students in their second and third professional year and pharmacy residents.

She is currently a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), Louisiana Society of Health System Pharmacists (LSHP), Rho Chi and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Societies. She is a board member of Gulf Medical Relief Fund, Inc, a non-profit international medical relief agency and the Muslim Health Awareness Clinic, a free community clinic in Kenner.

Dr. Al-Dahir's areas of research interests are nutrition support, pharmacokinetics, pain management, critical care medicine, international health and health disparities among immigrant communities.


Alsharif N, Dakkuri A, Abrons J, Williams D, Zheng H, Ombengi D, Al­Dahir S, Tofade T, Gim S, O'Connell MB, Ratka A and Dornblaser E. White Paper on Current Practices in Global/International Advanced Pharmacy Practice: Experiences (Part 1): Home/host Country or Site and Institution Considerations. Am J Pharm Educ. (Accepted for Publication April 2015)

Al-Dahir S, Gillard C, Brakta F and Figueroa J. Variations in Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns Among Respiratory Isolates: A Comparison of TICU and Institutional Antibiograms. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2015 Feb;16(1):62-7. doi: 10.1089/sur.2013.171.

Al-Dahir S, Bryant K, Kennedy K and Robinson D. Evaluating the Use of On-Line Virtual Patients versus Traditional Problem-Based Learning in Advanced Professional Experience Rotations. Am J Pharm Educ. 2014 May 15;78(4):76. doi: 10.5688/ajpe78476.

Schroll R, Duchesne J, Al-Dahir S, Hunt J, Greiffenstein P, Stuke L, Marr A, Mooney J. Minimal leak test versus manometry for endotracheal cuff pressure monitoring. Society of Critical Care Medicine. Critical Care Medicine. 41(12):A92. December 2013. (Abstract)

Al-Dahir S, Brakta F, Khalil A, Benrahla M. The impact of acculturation on diabetes risk among Arab Americans in Southeastern Louisiana. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 Feb;24(1 Suppl):47-63.

Gillard, C, Al-Dahir, S, and Brakta F. Observations of Resistance through Minimum Inhibitory Concentration Trends for Respiratory Specimens of Commonly Isolated Organisms. Journal of Health-System Pharmacy Residents. 2012 Dec 12;1(3):1-8.

Madkour A, Brakta F, Al-Dahir S, and Johnson C. Gender Differences in Physical Activity in Adolescence and Early Adulthood: The Experience of Egyptian Youth. Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Jul;50(2 Suppl): S36. (Abstract)

Al-Dahir S. From the Bayou to the Sand Dune: One Faculty Member's Year Abroad as a Fulbright Scholar. Am J Pharm Educ. 2012 Feb 10;76(1):17.

Cosenza L., Al-Dahir S, and Nielsen N. A Potentially Fatal Case of Mistaken Identity: Metformin vs Oxycodone'ÄêAcetaminophen. J Investig Med. 59(2):372-544, February 2011. (Abstract)



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